Jurors today watched a videotape of an FBI informant paying money to state judge Manuel Barraza in return for favorable treatment in her sister's drug case.Given the evidence against him, one wonders how in the world did this guy not choose to plea out?
The exchange occurred in Barraza's courthouse office while he was the presiding judge of a drug court.
The tape was one of five played in U.S. District Court during Barraza's corruption trial.
Jurors heard a total of five taped conversations between Barraza and Sarai Valencia, sister of criminal defendant Diana Rivas Valencia. Sarai Valencia and Barraza talked about his getting paid in money and sex for helping Rivas Valencia, who was arrested in September 2008 and charged with possessing 2 kilos of cocaine.
Jurors also watched a videotape of a meeting between Barraza and Sarai Valencia inside Barraza's office. She made the recordings at the behest of the FBI.
Friday, January 22, 2010
El Paso judge caught on tape accepting bribe
The evidence coming out in this El Paso corruption trial sounds pretty damning. The El Paso Times reported yesterday that: